About the Award
Around 25 percent of US households—or approximately 60 million Americans—don’t have Internet in their homes. Families affected by the digital divide, many of whom are from lower income neighborhoods, are at a disadvantage when it comes to doing homework, applying for jobs or staying in touch with loved ones. Whether cities are leading or partnering on programs, city leaders have a major role to play in getting residents the digital access and resources they need. We want to celebrate the cities that are leading programs or empowering community-based organizations to tackle barriers to Internet adoption. At the same time we hope to encourage leaders in the public sector to get involved in digital inclusion by sharing best practices.
City governments across the country are collaborating with nonprofits and private sector partners to help bridge the digital divide and get more Americans online. In order to celebrate outstanding leadership and encourage innovative approaches to bridging the digital divide, we’ve launched the Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards Program. The awards program includes:
- Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices: for existing programs with over a year of work in addressing the digital divide
- Most Promising New Plan: for particularly promising new programs for ensuring digital inclusion in a community
Two winners in each category were chosen on the basis of a program’s ability to provide training, access, and hardware to a diverse range of participants, at low cost, with proven results and community engagement. In addition, one program in each category has been recognized for a particularly innovative approach.
2015 Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards! You can learn more about digital inclusion solutions by reading the winners’ case studies below, or by checking out this PowerPoint presentation.
Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices
Most Promising New Plan
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